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Retail sales up

Retail Sales, January 2015

  • Retail sales in January 2015 were estimated to have increased by 5.4% compared with January 2014. This is the 22nd consecutive month of year-on-year growth and the longest period of sustained year-on-year growth since May 2008…
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Dip in sales growth

Distributive Trades Survey: CBI

  • Retail sales were broadly flat in the year to February and orders placed upon suppliers fell
  • The survey of 138 firms including 62 retailers showed that both volume of retail sales and orders failed to meet expectations of growth in February, following six months of very buoyant sales…
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The Holy Grail of Magic Shops

Fifteen years ago, a fabulous magic shop opened on our high street.

Its shelves were packed with books, there were rows and rows of shiny crystals, they stocked candles and incense, all for the general public to purchase. 598 more words


What happens when the hypermarkets close

Are you old enough to remember local high streets filled with independent shops?  A newsagents, a butchers, a grocery shop?
Now, remember when the big shiny multinational superstores came along?   66 more words


High Street Shops are Disappearing

One by one high street shops are disappearing. what is the problems then? Just imagine dry-cleaning firm Johnson set to close 109 high street stores. Argos, a well known high street stores is also closing some of their stores. 39 more words


The Undercover Analyst – Luxuriating In Manchester

As part of a project with retail analytics experts ShopperTrak, I’m continuing my look at the retail landscape in areas around the UK and sharing some insights through regular blog posts.  2,011 more words

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Oxford Finally Flips The Switch On The On/Off Shopping Centre

Oxford is an ancient city.  Even by medieval standards things move slowly here.  So after what seems like centuries of wrangling, planning applications, withdrawn projects, hand shaking and head banging, Oxford is finally set to join other cities with a giant shiny shopping centre nobody really needs any more. 1,281 more words

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